Michelle is passionate about using technology to foster a more global approach to studies in literature and language.
Michelle is a South African/UK dual national. She was educated at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), earning a Bachelors Degree in Education with distinctions in both English Literature and History. Over the past eight years, she has worked in both public and private school sectors in South Africa and the British Virgin Islands.
For the past four years, Michelle has taught IBMYP and IBDP English at an International School in Tortola (British Virgin Islands). During her tenure in Tortola, she has fulfilled the role of IBMYP Co-ordinator, leading a team of teachers and students from over 40 different countries.
Michelle currently serves on the Executive Committee of the HIV/AIDS Foundation in the British Virgin Islands, and has been actively involved in piloting HIV Youth Education Programmes spanning the Caribbean and Africa for over six years.
Michelle is a Google Certified Teacher.
Updated July 2015:
- Designed and implemented an EAL podcasting project using Google Tools.
- Apple Distinguished Educator (2015 Cohort). Will be completing her certification in July 2015 with a focus on accessibility and language development.
- MYP Author: Language and Literature eAssessments. Has authored and standardised the May 2015 and 2016 e-Assessments taken by IBMYP Year 5 students around the world.
- MYP Senior Examiner: Language and Literature.
- MYP Technology Guide Team: Has been working with the IBMYP Global Technology Team in The Hague as they develop curriculum mapping models for technology integration across the continuum.
- Halcyon Technology Team: In 2016, she will be taking on a new role at Halcyon in which she will consult on Halcyon's technology policies and integration along with Cindy Crannell. Additionally, she will be working one-on-one with Halcyon's teachers and students as they infuse technology into learning.
Michelle says: "The past two years has been an exciting journey, particularly developing the IBMYP Language and Literature course at Halcyon. The growth of our school is continual source of inspiration to me, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities as we grow again in the future."